Three out of ten people (2.1 billion people in 2015) do not have access to safe drinking water, six out of ten (4.5 billion people in 2015) do not have access to safely managed sanitation services, and one out of nine (892 million people) practice open defecation.
Improved water resources management and access to safe water and sanitation for all is essential for eradicating poverty, building peaceful and prosperous societies, and ensuring that ‘no one is left behind’ on the path towards sustainable development.
“We now have better toilets, girls had challenges in disposing sanitary towels we could dispose in the composite pit and where everyone would see us there was no privacy. We are glad that the new toilet blocks are better and offers privacy.”
Sumaya Abdalla, Student at Kitangiri Primary school, Tanzania